3-Year-Old Died From Fentanyl and Meth Intoxication in South Carolina; Mother Arrested

Aiken County; SC:  Upon the tragic death of her 3-year-old daughter from acute combined drug intoxication involving fentanyl and meth, authorities in South Carolina have charged a mother with murder.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office detained Carolyn Scott, 26, on Monday for two counts of unlawful child neglect and one case of murder/homicide by child abuse, according to jail records. Her possible sentence is from twenty years to life in jail. On September 10th, her daughter Riley Scott passed away.

The autopsy showed that deputies started administering CPR to Riley as soon as they arrived at the Jackson house. Doctors at Augusta’s Children’s Hospital of Georgia pronounced her dead after paramedics transported her there.

Riley had apparently been napping for around two hours when one of her siblings attempted to wake her up without success, according to Scott’s statement to deputies. When she went to see how Riley was doing, she found the girl pale and vomit on the bed. Before dialing 911, Scott contacted her mother.

Upon arrival, investigators found Riley’s temperature to be a lowly 86 degrees. The document supposedly stated that the authorities believe Scott waited over an hour before requesting assistance for Riley.

Police searched the residence and discovered fentanyl and methamphetamine-laced sheets among other substances, as well as foil and uncapped syringes. A coroner’s investigation revealed that fentanyl and methamphetamine intoxication was the underlying cause of death. The girl’s blood contained Narcan, a medication that can reverse a drug overdose; the affidavit states that this substance was probably given to her while she was still alive.

Scott asserted that she was unaware of Riley’s potential mischief-making. Riley had celebrated her third birthday little over a month before to her passing, as stated in her obituary.

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